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This programme develops entrepreneurs who can build and capitalise on the existing strengths in the UK and international fashion industries. Read more

Introduction

This programme develops entrepreneurs who can build and capitalise on the existing strengths in the UK and international fashion industries.

Content

The ethos that entrepreneurship serves as a catalyst for economic development underpins the philosophy of this specialist course. Strengthened by London College of Fashion’s unparalleled external and internal industry networks, MA Fashion Entrepreneurship aims to develop new fashion concepts through to commercialization. Addressing the need for the fashion entrepreneur who can identify market opportunities in the industry, this programme is firmly aligned to 21st century, global business with all the challenges and potential this brings.

This course will enable individuals to build and capitalize on existing strengths both in the UK and internationally. In depth studies of innovative emerging designers in the UK provide an understanding of the British fashion industry while extra-curricular international study tours provide valuable insights into the global fashion market. Industry presentations and factory tours have taken place previously in Paris, Milan and Shanghai and have explored everything from French Haute Couture to Italian craftsmanship and Asia’s luxury fashion boom.

MA Fashion Entrepreneurship is a dynamic and interactive learning experience that is built through key collaborative relationships in education (such as IFM in Paris) and industry. Through a supported and structured programme that includes entrepreneurial practice, new business models and planning and management of creative enterprise, participants are encouraged to develop new thinking and innovative concepts. Former alumni have launched their own fashion businesses or taken on entrepreneurial roles in fields such as buying, corporate sustainable responsibility and international brand building for perse fashion companies that span luxury to high street.

Structure

12 months level 7 180 credits

Term One

Fashion Branding (20 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Term Two

Managing Creative Enterprise (20 credits)
Business Development and Planning (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Term Three

Masters Project (60 credits)

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Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a creative entrepreneur? Based in Southampton Solent University’s own on-campus creative agency, this master’s programme is ideally suited to savvy graduates who are looking to make their mark in the creative industries. Read more

Overview

Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a creative entrepreneur? Based in Southampton Solent University’s own on-campus creative agency, this master’s programme is ideally suited to savvy graduates who are looking to make their mark in the creative industries. If you have ever thought about setting up your own creative enterprise or working as a freelancer, this intensive course will help you develop the essential skills required to succeed.

- Students will join Solent Creatives, our on-campus creative agency, for the duration of the master’s programme.
- Students learn enterprise skills by working with real clients on a variety of live projects, meeting professional deadlines and taking full responsibility for client management.
- With a clear focus on helping students to develop their enterprise skills, the curriculum looks at portfolio techniques, business management, marketing, the creative climate and critical thinking.
- Working with clients gives many opportunities for portfolio development, helping graduates to secure clients or find employment once the course has concluded.
- The curriculum includes a master’s project, where students are able to conduct an in-depth exploration of an area that is relevant to their ambitions.
- Students have access to impressive facilities including a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, radio booths and an extensive media loans scheme.
- This master’s programme is best suited to students who are already confident practitioners of their chosen creative discipline.
- Southampton Solent University is one of the UK’s top creative universities, as voted for by students (Which? University, 2015).

The industry -

Figures released in 2015 by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport suggest that the UK’s creative industries are now worth more than £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy – that’s more than £8.8m per hour. Freelancers and small business owners play a key role in maintaining this figure and furthering the creative industries in the UK.

The programme -

The tutoring team on Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme believe that the best way to learn freelance and enterprise skills is to get involved with real commercial projects.

Our established industry links and on-site creative agency provide students with access to these projects, where they will be expected to take full responsibility for managing the client, communicating successfully and delivering projects to budget. Past students have even had the opportunity to pitch for paid work as part of the course.

Taught portions of the course closely examine the creative economy, helping students to understand how the different sectors of the creative industry operate. Students also learn a range of strategic thinking and problem solving skills, building a set of transferable skills which will help them throughout their career.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

Solent Creatives works to match up talented students with local and national freelancing opportunities. All students enrolled on this course will be matched to at least one opportunity appropriate to their skillset.

Solent Creatives also encourage creative business start-ups, offering entrepreneurs a range of support including one to one mentoring and sophisticated business planning software.

Our facilities -

Students have access to a range of facilities to suit their creative discipline, from printing presses and photography studios to animation suites and green-screen spaces. The University also offers a range of digital cameras, recording equipment, multi-camera studios, audio booths and an extensive media loans scheme.

Solent is also home to a 24-hour library, modern IT facilities and a range of expert learning and employability support services.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City Living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

This course equips students to identify opportunities that are appropriate to their skillset and aspirations, helping them to take their existing creative skills and apply them in a commercial setting. This may take the form of in-house employment, freelance work, entrepreneurship - or a combination of the three.

The enterprise skills that students develop can be used throughout their careers and will help to maximise their employability. This includes a thorough understanding of how business is conducted within the creative industries and a toolkit of general business and enterprise skills.

Suitable occupations for graduates include:

- Creative freelance work
- Entrepreneurship within the creative industries
- In-house practice
- Agency account management
- Art direction
- Consultancy

Links with industry -

Solent Creatives have excellent contacts with industry across a range of different sectors, having worked with over 800 business since it opened for business. These have included Marks & Spencer, Southampton Airport, Sodexo, Oxfam, the NHS and many small and medium sized organisations from the local area. Past projects have seen students filming live events, managing social media content, designing corporate brochures and organising charity fashion shows.

Solent Creatives is also active in various networking groups including the JCI, Creative Network South and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

Transferable skills -

Students will learn transferable skills including strategic thinking, resourcefulness, public speaking and client relationship management alongside core business and marketing skills.

Further study -

There’s a chance of progression to further study, including a PhD, on successful completion of the course.

Next steps

Would you like to learn more about running your own creative enterprise? Southampton Solent University’s MA Creative Enterprise programme is ideally suited to students who wish to improve their project management, client relations and freelancing skills while creating work for a professional portfolio.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635

International full-time fees: £11,260

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,320 per year

International part-time fees: £5,630 per year

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

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This unique business and enterprise course brings together the internationalisation of business and the importance of enterprise. Read more
This unique business and enterprise course brings together the internationalisation of business and the importance of enterprise.

In a contemporary business environment two features stand out; the internationalisation of business and the importance of enterprise. This unique course brings these together to examine the theory and practice of international business, including how exports, franchises and foreign direct investment (FDI) are analysed and developed.

The University of South Wales’s Centre for Enterprise has been recognised as a Centre of Enterprise Excellence by the UK Sector Skills Body for Enterprise (SFEDI). The Body was extremely impressed with both the quality and range of enterprise development activities supported by the University. Not only are we the first and only university in Wales to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence, but also the first in the UK to be awarded Centre of Enterprise Excellence status.

As an enterprise student, you will be given the opportunity to obtain free student membership from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). The IOEE is a not-for-profit professional body within SFEDI. Student membership will give you access to a range of resources and potential mentoring support through the Institute. It is also the first step to becoming an Associate Member, ideal for anyone who wants to start their own business.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/479-msc-international-business-and-enterprise

What you will study

You will study 180 credits from the modules listed below:

- Economies, Markets and Decision Making in International Contexts
Develop the ability to solve problems which relate to management decision-making in the context of changing economic and market conditions.

- Innovation Management
Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of managing innovation in organisations. You will learn about the frameworks used by organisations to manage innovation and sources of innovation inside and outside the organisation.

- Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain
Delve into the activities of global and international logistics and supply networks – identifying trends and key drivers for the globalisation of industry and its impact on the development and management of the logistics and supply chain.

- Entrepreneurial Start-up
Learn how to start and develop a business venture - develop the tools needed to critically appraise the complexities of successfully starting and growing a new venture in a turbulent and ever changing society.

- Research Methods
Conduct a proper scientific investigation and present it in a written format developing your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context.

- Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing
Critically examine the key elements of strategic marketing and its interface with business strategy.

- Issues in International Management
Gain a critical awareness of the complex interrelationships between developing issues in international and trans-national management.

- Entrepreneur in a Global Environment
You'll be introduced to the various principles and structures of the current environment of global business and how it can be analysed. You will also learn about how the internationalization of businesses can occur.

- Management Project

Learning and teaching methods

The course team are a group of highly experienced and well qualified academics with an extensive portfolio of international research, consultancy and applied industrial experience. They pride themselves on the close relationship they maintain with the student group. As a student you will be treated as an individual and your personal learning requirements will be met and monitored throughout the programme.

You'll have the benefit of guest lectures in the Entrepreneurial Start-up module which will allow you to gain an insight of setting up or working in a small or medium sized enterprise. Such involvement creates opportunities for informal mentoring and networking to take place between MSc International Business and Enterprise students, practicing entrepreneurs and professional bodies. The entrepreneurs have set up businesses in areas such as Manufacturing and Design, Marketing, Fashion, Hospitality and Catering, Record Labels, Film Industry, Sports and Fitness etc. Businesses range from social enterprises, small local businesses, to national and international businesses.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Employability is at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to ensure that our students are innovative, creative and entrepreneurial. Whether you are interested in working for a multinational corporation, a small business or even starting your own company, this course will give you the knowledge and skills for a successful career. The focus on cultural fluency will help you feel comfortable when working in different cultural environments.

This challenging and dynamic course is designed for those looking to take their career to the next level. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful strategic business leader and equip you with an insight into the business practices you will need for a future in an ever changing global environment.

Developed in close consultation with a range of employers who have contributed significantly to making our graduates more effective in the workplace.

The University is also host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain an international perspective to business, and different cultures and practices.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through written assignments, examinations and/or project work. The MSc International Business and Enterprise involves the completion of a significant Management project, developing your communication, research and consulting skills.

Field trips

Alongside your studies, you will also be part of a study visit to see first-hand how different companies operate. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of companies in both the private and public sector. The visit is normally to a European capital city, allowing you to experience a different business culture aiding the development of cultural fluency.

Finally, the social aspect of the study visit proves a popular means of strengthening the student bonds. There is an additional fee of £500 for this field trip.

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